Ministry

15 Things Seminary Couldn't Teach Me

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15 Things Seminary Couldn't Teach Me
$17.99

Some lessons can't be learned in a classroom.

A seminary education is immensely valuable, offering theological preparation, spiritual formation, and wise mentoring. But many new pastors are discouraged when the realities of their first call don't line up with what they came to expect from assigned readings and classroom discussions.

Bridging the gap between seminary training and real life in a local church, fifteen veteran pastors and ministry leaders offer advice and encouragement related to a host of real-world issues, such as leading congregations through seasons of suffering, handling conflict, accepting a call, leaving a church, and more.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781433558146
Publication Date: 
2018-03-31
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Crossway Books

40 Questions about Pastoral Ministry

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40 Questions about Pastoral Ministry
$23.99
Veteran pastor Phil Newton provides trustworthy answers to 40 of the most common and pressing questions relating to the life and work of the pastor. Covering five major categories--such as development, practices, and preaching--Newton equips pastors to successfully handle everyday duties and challenges
ISBN/SKU: 
9780825446566
Publication Date: 
2021-01-26
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Kregel Academic & Professional

An Introduction to the Foundations of Lutheran Education

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An Introduction to the Foundations of Lutheran Education
$25.99
Describes the distinctive Lutheran aspects of parochial schools and the teaching ministry with emphasis on history, philosophy and theology.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780570042860
Publication Date: 
2005-01-01
Publisher: 
Concordia Publishing House

Authentic Youth Mininstry

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Authentic Youth Mininstry
$14.99
This book equips church workers and volunteers in smaller, often ignored churches with its relatable humility and unique understanding of real-life work in smaller churches. As an essential training manual for every leader, this how-to guide can be shared by church workers with those working with children and youth, giving them the confidence they need to enhance their work.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780758652652
Publication Date: 
2016-05-05
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Concordia Publishing House

Becoming a Pastor Theologian: New Possibilities for Church Leadership

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Becoming a Pastor Theologian: New Possibilities for Church Leadership
$25.00
The roles of pastor and theologian have gone their separate ways. Throughout much of the church's history, these two roles have been deeply intertwined, but in our contemporary setting, a troubling bifurcation between them has developed. The result has been a theologically weakened church and an ecclesially weakened theology. The Center for Pastor Theologians (CPT) seeks to overcome this divide by assisting pastors in the study and production of biblical and theological scholarship for the theological renewal of the church and the ecclesial renewal of theology. Based on the first CPT conference in 2015, this volume brings together the reflections of church leaders and academic theologians to consider how pastoral ministry and theological scholarship might be reconnected once again. The contributors consider several facets of the complex identity of the pastor theologian, including the biblical, public, and political dimensions of this calling. In addition, the essays explore the insights that can be gained from historical examples of pastor theologians--including John Calvin, John Henry Newman and Dietrich Bonhoeffer--as well as the essential role of Scripture within the ministry of the pastor theologian.
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9780830851713
Publication Date: 
2016-09-27
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IVP Academic

Built on the Rock: The Healthy Congregation

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Built on the Rock: The Healthy Congregation
$16.99
This book, written by a Certified Christian Conciliator with more than 20 years of experience in church reconciliation, offers practical advice for improving the spiritual health of congregations and the ministers that lead them.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780758658067
Publication Date: 
2017-09-19
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Concordia Publishing House

Called to Serve: A Theology of Commissioned Ministry

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Called to Serve: A Theology of Commissioned Ministry
$15.99
All too often, commissioned workers struggle to know their place in The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. How do they find their place without setting themselves up to be viewed as public ministers or be viewed as holding merely one of many offices of the larger office of public ministry? Is it possible to have a high view of the pastoral office and of the ministry of commissioned workers while at the same time not sacrificing the dignity of either, nor confusing the theological and historical significance of both? This book argues that it can-and should-be done.

Commissioned ministers in the LCMS who desire to better understand their theological place in ministry will highly value this book. In addition, church work programs across the Synod would benefit from making use of the book as a text to help teach a properly balanced and respectful approach to the office of public ministry, as it relates to both pastors and commissioned ministers.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780758662521
Publication Date: 
2019-06-25
Publisher: 
Concordia Publishing House

Called?: Pastoral Guidance for the Divine Call to Gospel Ministry

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Called?: Pastoral Guidance for the Divine Call to Gospel Ministry
$12.99

Only those who have an undeniable calling from God will be fit for the challenges and strains of the ministry life. But how do you test a calling and how do you proceed if you are certain its legitimacy?

From the theology of being called, to selecting a seminary, to beginning life as a pastor, Michael Milton looks to the Word of God for answers and guidance, as well as drawing on his own experience as a Presbyterian minister.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781527101128
Publication Date: 
2018-04-06
Publisher: 
Christian Focus Publications

Care of Souls: Cultivating a Pastor's Heart

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Care of Souls: Cultivating a Pastor's Heart
$21.99
2020 Christianity Today Book Award Winner for Church/Pastoral Leadership
2019 TGC Ministry Book of the Year Winner
2020 ECPA Christian Book Award Winner for Ministry Resources.

Drawing on a lifetime of pastoral experience, The Care of Souls is a beautifully written treasury of proven wisdom which pastors will find themselves turning to again and again.

Harold Senkbeil helps remind pastors of the essential calling of the ministry: preaching and living out the Word of God while orienting others in the same direction. And he offers practical and fruitful advice--born out of his five decades as a pastor--that will benefit both new pastors and those with years in the pulpit.

In a time when many churches have lost sight of the real purpose of the church, The Care of Souls invites a new generation of pastors to form the godly habits and practical wisdom needed to minister to the hearts and souls of those committed to their care.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781683593010
Publication Date: 
2019-06-26
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Lexham Press

Caring: Six Steps for Effective Pastoral Conversations

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Caring: Six Steps for Effective Pastoral Conversations
$18.99

Caring: Six Steps for Effective Pastoral Conversations is designed to help ministers and pastoral care givers solve one of their most significant problems. They are called upon to "fix" all manner of human problems, and this expectation often leaves them feeling overwhelmed, highly stressed, or woefully unprepared. Help is available! Author Denise Massey will teach readers how to coach people to access their own spiritual and personal resources, invoking both God's help and the person's own deep inner wisdom.

The six steps of the CARING process can transform ministry conversations from floundering and uncertain to powerful and effective. These steps of facilitating powerful problem-solving conversation are ones that the minister and the person receiving care take together. The acronym CARING will help the minister remember both the steps and the ultimate purpose of the conversation.

C Connect with God, self, and others.
A Attend to the journey and assess the need.
R Reach clarity about the realistic focus for this conversation.
I Inspire the development of a loving action plan.
N Navigate around obstacles to the plan.
G Generate commitment to a specific, loving action plan.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781501884580
Publication Date: 
2019-11-05
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Abingdon Press

Christ and Calamity: Grace and Gratitude in the Darkest Valley

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Christ and Calamity: Grace and Gratitude in the Darkest Valley
$9.99

2021 Christianity Today Beautiful Orthodoxy Award of Merit

Lord, do you not care if we perish?

That's what the frightened disciples shouted to Jesus as he slept in the stern of a storm-tossed boat. In the midst of suffering and uncertainty, we're all prone to think that God has forgotten us, he doesn't care, or he's powerless to do anything.

And that's true of us in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In Christ and Calamity, Harold L. Senkbeil speaks pastorally to our suffering and uncertainty. Senkbeil shows God's constant and faithful grace to us. With Paul he encourages us: "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you" (1 Thess 5:16-18).

Calamities come in many different sizes, and God addresses them all in his word and by his Spirit. Even when we don't see or feel it, God is always faithful.

"If I dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me" (Ps 139:9-10).

The disciples' faith in the midst of the storm may have been weak, but Jesus was mighty to save. And he will save you, too. No matter how small your faith, you can count on him to hear your anguished cry and to answer.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781683594437
Publication Date: 
2020-06-03
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Lexham Press

Christ Have Mercy: How to Put Your Faith in Action

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Christ Have Mercy: How to Put Your Faith in Action
$16.99
Through Scripture study, real-life experiences, and the writings of Lutheran Church Fathers, Christ Have Mercy urges Christians to consider the innumerable opportunities we have to show mercyto fellow Christians and to anyone God places in our path. Includes Study Guide
ISBN/SKU: 
9780758615015
Publication Date: 
2008-06-01
Publisher: 
Concordia Publishing House

Church Leadership & Strategy: For the Care of Souls

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Church Leadership & Strategy: For the Care of Souls
$9.99
Christ's sheep need shepherding. That's where you come in.

With more than 60 years of ministry between them, Harold Senkbeil and Lucas Woodford have come to understand that everything in ministry-even administration, leadership, and planning-revolves around the ancient tradition of the care of souls. Pastors are entrusted with the care of a flock by the Good Shepherd and are called to be faithful to this task. But pastoring seems to be getting more and more difficult.

Based on a sound theological framework, Senkbeil and Woodford present a set of practical tools for church leadership and strategy. Calling on their vast experience, they encourage pastors to protect, guide, and feed their flock as Jesus would, bridging the eternal wisdom of the word of God with the everyday practicality of hands-on leadership.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781683593157
Publication Date: 
2019-11-06
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Lexham Press

Congregation in a Secular Age: Keeping Sacred Time Against the Speed of Modern Life

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Congregation in a Secular Age: Keeping Sacred Time Against the Speed of Modern Life
$26.99
Churches often realize they need to change. But if they're not careful, the way they change can hurt more than help.

In this culmination of his well-received Ministry in a Secular Age trilogy, leading practical theologian Andrew Root offers a new paradigm for understanding the congregation in contemporary ministry. He articulates why congregations feel pressured by the speed of change in modern life and encourages an approach that doesn't fall into the negative traps of our secular age.

Living in late modernity means our lives are constantly accelerated, and calls for change in the church often support this call to speed up. Root asserts that the recent push toward innovation in churches has led to an acceleration of congregational life that strips the sacred out of time. Many congregations are simply unable to keep up, which leads to burnout and depression. When things move too fast, we feel alienated from life and the voice of a living God.

The Congregation in a Secular Age calls congregations to reimagine what change is and how to live into this future, helping them move from relevance to resonance.





ISBN/SKU: 
9780801098482
Publication Date: 
2021-01-19
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Baker Academic

Dangerous Calling: Confronting the Unique Challenges of Pastoral Ministry

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Dangerous Calling: Confronting the Unique Challenges of Pastoral Ministry
$18.99

"A book every person in ministry should read." --Daniel L. Akin, President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

After traveling the globe and speaking to thousands of churches worldwide, Paul David Tripp has discovered a serious problem within pastoral culture.

Dangerous Calling reveals the truth that the culture surrounding our pastors is spiritually unhealthy--an environment that actively undermines the well-being and effectiveness of our church leaders and thus the entire church body.

Here is a book that both diagnoses and offers cures for issues that impact every member and church leader, and gives solid strategies for fighting the all-important war that rages in our churches today.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781433541377
Publication Date: 
2015-01-31
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Crossway Books

Eutychus Youth: Applied Theology for Youth Ministry in the 21st Century

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Eutychus Youth: Applied Theology for Youth Ministry in the 21st Century
$20.99
This book examines what Lutheran theology adds to the whole field of youth ministry that isn't found elsewhere. It begins with an introduction to Eutychus, who is a paradigm of adolescent development.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780758625694
Publication Date: 
2010-07-02
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Concordia Publishing House

Feasting in a Famine of the Word

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Feasting in a Famine of the Word
$38.00
The Lord warns of a ""famine . . . of hearing the word of the Lord"" (Amos 8:11). Has this warning come to pass in our day? There is no shortage of preachers, but how often do they miss the mark in actually delivering the word of God to their hearers, leaving them hungry? The authors of these essays seek to equip preachers with resources to offer their hearers a rich feast from the word of the Lord. Writing from a Lutheran perspective, contributors from across the globe provide a fresh approach to preaching. These authors represent seasoned pastors and professors as well as young scholars. All are actively preaching and teaching God's word on a regular basis. This book covers a wide range of topics relating to preaching--from the scriptural background and hermeneutical issues to historical examples of notable preachers, and also practical guides to crafting and delivering a sermon. These essays will assist preachers in proclaiming God's word in a manner that provides a feast for those living in a famine-stricken world. ""It's no secret that preaching has fallen on hard times in our day. But help is on the way. In this book preachers will be both challenged and equipped for a task humanly impossible: to faithfully proclaim glad tidings in a world of hurt and despair. Woven like a golden thread throughout is the distinctly Lutheran conviction that the Word of God is living and active to both kill and make alive in Christ Jesus."" --Harold L. Senkbeil, Executive Director for Spiritual Care, Doxology: The Lutheran Center for Spiritual Care and Counsel Mark W. Birkholz is Pastor of Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church in Oak Lawn, Illinois. Jacob Corzine is Campus Minister at the University of Pretoria in Pretoria, South Africa. Jonathan Mumme is Assistant Professor of Theology at Concordia University Wisconsin in Mequon, Wisconsin.
ISBN/SKU: 
9781498203166
Publication Date: 
2016-02-16
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Publisher: 
Pickwick Publications

Foundations of Chaplaincy: A Practical Guide

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Foundations of Chaplaincy: A Practical Guide
$24.99

An approachable overview of the nature, purpose, and functional roles of chaplaincy

Chaplaincy is unlike any other kind of ministry. It involves working outside a church, without a congregation, usually in a secular organization. It requires ministering to those with starkly different religious convictions, many of whom may never enter a house of worship. It is, as Alan Baker writes, "ministry in motion." Those who are embarking upon this unique and specialized call deserve equally unique and specialized guidance, and Foundations of Chaplaincy offers exactly that.

Baker surveys the biblical and theological foundations of chaplaincy before enumerating four specific responsibilities and skills that define chaplaincy's "ministry of presence" providing, facilitating, caring, and advising. Baker's thorough guidance on these matters is supplemented in sidebars with practical advice and anecdotes from over thirty chaplains currently serving in a variety of settings and organizations.

Chaplains who serve in healthcare, the military, correctional institutions, police and fire departments, sports teams, college campuses, and corporations have essential roles to play in their respective organizations, but theirs is rarely an easy calling. With Foundations of Chaplaincy as an introduction and an ongoing reference, those called to this important vocation may be assured of having the tools they need to cultivate a strong, mission-driven pastoral identity rooted in their own theological tradition while simultaneously participating in a multi-faith team.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780802877499
Publication Date: 
2021-02-18
Publisher: 
William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company

Growing Through Disaster: Tools for Financial and Trauma Recovery in Your Faith Community

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Growing Through Disaster: Tools for Financial and Trauma Recovery in Your Faith Community
$17.99

Communities suffer from many types of traumas and disasters: hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, fires, earthquakes, and other natural or human-made disasters. These come with associated aftermath: business closings, loss of local industry, recession, high unemployment, etc. There are also personal disasters: divorce, death of a spouse, job loss, etc. Growing Though Disaster can assist communities and individuals in recovery from any of these disasters.

After first-responders leave, Growing Through Disaster continues to assist faith communities and their leaders in the real recovery process. This resource is ultimately focused on helping the entire community, both individually and collectively, gain/re-gain financial strength. Recovery is achieved by individuals working together through this resource's content in small support groups. Leaders will gather people in their community to participate in the process authors Clayton Smith and Matt Schoenfeld provide, a process developed through their significant experience in assisting communities recover from disaster and trauma. The process leads to spiritually-rooted recovery for the people and their community.

"Growing through Disaster teaches us how to 'show up' when we aren't sure what to do. If your church wants to be ready to provide hope-filled care in the face of any type of disaster, get this book."--Tina L. Harris, director of mission, Service & Justice Ministries, Missouri Annual Conference (UMC) "Growing through Disaster is a much-needed guide through the emotional and financial ramifications of personal loss or natural disaster. A game-plan for healing--not just moving on, but growing stronger. Helpful, hopeful, concrete, and practical."--Bill High, CEO, The Signatry: A Global Christian Foundation, based in Overland Park, KS

ISBN/SKU: 
9781501890918
Publication Date: 
2019-09-03
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Publisher: 
Abingdon Press

Handling the Word of Truth, Revised Ed.

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Handling the Word of Truth, Revised Ed.
$15.99
This book draws on C. F. W. Walthers Law and Gospel theses to present and apply these foundational truths to contemporary Christian faith and living.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780758648952
Publication Date: 
2015-07-15
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Concordia Publishing House

Hearers and Doers: A Pastor's Guide to Making Disciples Through Scripture and Doctrine

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Hearers and Doers: A Pastor's Guide to Making Disciples Through Scripture and Doctrine
$19.99
The foundation of discipleship is sound, scriptural doctrine.

The value of sound doctrine is often misunderstood by the modern church. While it can be dry and dull, when it flows from the story of Scripture, it can be full of life and love. This kind of doctrine, steeped in Scripture, is critical for disciple-making. And it's often overlooked by modern pastors.

In Hearers and Doers, Kevin Vanhoozer makes the case that pastors, as pastor-theologians, ought to interpret Scripture theologically to articulate doctrine and help cultivate disciples. scriptural doctrine is vital to the life of the church, and local pastor-theologians should be the ones delivering it to their communities.

With arresting prose and striking metaphors, Vanhoozer addresses the most pressing problems in the modern church with one answer: teach sound, scriptural doctrine to make disciples.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781683591344
Publication Date: 
2019-05-15
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Publisher: 
Lexham Press

How to Keep Your Church Out of Court

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How to Keep Your Church Out of Court
$7.99
Addresses the need for development and maintenance of physically and legally safe church premises. Includes personnel issues.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780758600646
Publication Date: 
2002-07-01
Publisher: 
Concordia Publishing House

Idea and Practice of a Christian University: A Lutheran Approach

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Idea and Practice of a Christian University: A Lutheran Approach
$39.99
A holistic vision of Christian higher education from academics to athletics, regents to students. It offers a biblical, Lutheran vision rooted in the interaction of faith and learning and oriented toward the cultivation of wisdom and vocation for freedom and service to society, nature, and the Church. Discussion questions are included at the end of each chapter.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780758650405
Publication Date: 
2015-06-02
Publisher: 
Concordia Publishing House

Lead: 12 Gospel Principles for Leadership in the Church

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Lead: 12 Gospel Principles for Leadership in the Church
$26.99

The church is experiencing a leadership crisis.

What can we do to prevent pastors from leaving the ministry?

For every celebrity pastor exiting the ministry in the spotlight, there are many more lesser-known pastors leaving in the shadows. Pastor and best-selling author Paul David Tripp argues that lurking behind every pastoral failure is the lack of a strong leadership community. Tripp draws on his decades of ministry experience to give churches twelve gospel principles necessary to combat this leadership crisis. Each of these principles, built upon characteristics such as humility, dependency, and accountability, will enable new and experienced leaders alike to focus their attention on the ultimate leadership model: the gospel.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781433567636
Publication Date: 
2020-09-15
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Crossway Books

Living Word

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Living Word
$26.00
The teaching of Dr Gustaf Wingren,Professor at the University of Lund, is beginning to dominate the theological scene in Sweden. Through previously translated books it is also beginning to make its mark in the English-speaking world. This is the translation of Dr Wingrcn's most important book to date-a systematic and profoundly argued treatment of the major themes in Christian theology in relation to the contemporary preacher's proclamation of the living Word of God in the Church.
ISBN/SKU: 
9781579109424
Publication Date: 
2002-04-24
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Publisher: 
Wipf & Stock Publishers